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This year this service, unique to St Peter’s, Edgmond, will take place on Sunday, July 2nd at 2pm, being the nearest Sunday to the Feast of St Peter (our Patron Saint). Our preacher will be Rt Revd Mark Rylands, Bishop of Shrewsbury.
After a short service the congregation encircles the Church and, holding hands ‘Clypps’ (or clasps) the Church while the choir processes around inside the circle singing the hymn, ‘We Love the Place O God’. This is followed by tea and cakes in the Church.
Research indicates that this will be the 150th celebration of Clypping the Church, which according to Charlotte Burne, the noted expert on Shropshire folklore and customs who lived in Edgmond for some time, was introduced by the Rector, the Revd Francis Corbet Pigott in 1867 and it has continued uninterrupted since then. Miss Burne in her book gives a list of all the churches in Shropshire which held a Clypping service and of that list only Edgmond continues the tradition. More information is available in the Parish magazine for June.
As this is the 150th anniversary of the Clypping in its present form, I hope that many of the villagers, adults and children, will turn out to keep this important piece of village tradition alive. This is not a church service just for regular churchgoers. It is the church acting as the caretaker for the community’s traditions, so it is (like all church services) open for all to come and join in. Edgmond is the only community in the world which has such a long continuous tradition of “clypping”, and we do not want to be the generation which lets this tradition go. Please note the time of this years’ service is 2pm.
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